Motorola Moto G7 Plus Review
The G7 Plus is the most expensive of the new Moto range, and veers dangerously close in price to a mid-tier smartphone.
- But do its extra features justify a higher price over the regular Moto G7?
- And is it really that much better than last year’s Moto G6 Plus?
- Octa-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- 4GB RAM
- Adreno 509graphics
- 2in IPS screen, 1,080 x 2,270 resolution 64GBstorage
- micro-SD slot
- dual 16MP/5MPrear camera
- 12MP front camera
- 11ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 5
- USB-C connector
- 3,000mAh battery
- 75 x 8.3 x 157mm(WDH)
- 1yr warranty
Screen and Processor:
On paper, yes. Besides a larger 6.2in display to the Moto G6 Plus’ 5.9in, the resolution has had a minor boost to 1,080 x 2,270, and there’s a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 to replace the 630 found in the Moto G6 Plus – the regular Moto G7 and Moto G7 Power have a Snapdragon 632.
Disappointingly, this made little difference in the benchmarks or our perception of speed.
If you’re after bang for buck, opt for Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1, which has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and scored 8,427 in the Geekbench multicore test compared to the G7 Plus’ 4,869.
The gaming story is similar, although the Plus did outscore the plain G7 in GFXBench Manhattan 3 with an average of15fps compared to 10fps.
The G7 Plus can just about cope with demanding games, too, with a median of33fps in Shadowgun Legends on Low settings.
Again, though, the Pocophone F1 is the obvious front-runner, averaging 59fps in the Manhattan 3 on-screen test.
The only aspect of performance that has backtracked since the G6 Plus is battery life.
In our rundown test, the Moto G7 Plus lasted for 10hrs 20mins, which is 3hrs 50mins less than the G6 Plus. The superior display will be partly to blame.
Meanwhile, the Moto G7 Power lasted 26hrs 22mins – a sensational result – thanks to its 5,000mAh battery.
In terms of the camera, the big differences are a bump in rear camera specifications, with a dual 16MP/5MP camera replacing the 12MP/5MP unit that graced the G6 Plus.
It’s also introduced optical image stabilization for smooth 4K recording, and I found the footage to be impressively stable.
Granted, there’s a pinch of graininess to the recording, but this soon calms down when the camera stops moving about.
Photo quality is outstanding for a handset of this price, but the same can be said of the standard Moto G7.
In truth, while the G7 Plus has a superior main camera on paper – 16 megapixels with an f/1.7 aperture ratio to the 12-mepapixel, f/1.8 of the G7 – there’s little difference in normal lighting conditions.
It’s only in low light where the G7 Plus pulls ahead, with less colour bleed and noise.
I’m also a fan of its front-facing 12-megapixel camera, which has a handy AI feature that can take a photo when it detects a smile.
You may not be such a fan of the unsightly pimpleesque notch, which sacrifices elegance for a larger screen-to-bezel ratio.
Indeed, the forehead and chin bezels have been reduced considerably compared to the G6, while the fingerprint reader has been relocated from below the screen to below the camera bump on the rear of the phone.
I preferred last year’s design, but the Moto G7 Plus still looks incredible for its price.
The G7 Plus is fractionally smaller but is made with an aluminium frame encased on both sides by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
So, like it or not, it’s equally slick and shiny. There’s no water proof rating, with Motorola merely claiming it’s “splash resistant”.
Provided you can get over the notch, it’s a nice screen. It reproduced 90.8% ofthe sRGB colour gamut in our tests, which is what we’d expect for a phone of this price, and has a maximum brightness of 387cd/m2.
That’s well below the 481cd/m2 of the standard Moto G7, which technically makes it the superior phone for outdoor use, but the Moto G7 Plus has a higher contrast ratio of1,425:1, which gives images greater vibrancy.
The Moto G7 Plus comes with 4GB of RAM and starts with 64GB storage, which can be expanded via microSD up to 512GB.
All told, it’s a scarily formidable budget smartphone and a notable improvement on the G6 Plus.
Yet I don’t find it as impressive as I did the G6 Plus last year, primarily because in 2019 the competition is much fiercer.
Some of that is internal competition, with the Moto G7 Power marrying similar performance with stellar battery life and costing £90 less, albeit with a weaker camera and screen.
Then there’s the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 for £30 more. This leaves the G7 Plus in an awkward position.
but it has one key selling point: if you want to shoot 4K with stabilization, and also love taking photos, then it’s the best you can get for less than £300.
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